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Fretton's gallery bookies' frontrunner for RIBA Stirling Prize 2009

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Bookie William Hill has named Tony Fretton Architects’ Fuglsang Kustmuseum as its early favourite for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by the AJ

The art gallery in Denmark has been given odds of 3/1 to scoop the prize, which will be announced at a televised ceremony in London in October this year.

According to William Hill, one astute punter from Birmingham placed a £100 bet on Fretton’s building to win before the shortlist was even unveiled.

William Hill’s Rupert Adams said: ‘The Fretton gallery is the only one of the buildings we were called about [for odds] prior to the shortlist [being announced] that has then actually appeared on the shortlist.

‘We have already taken a bet of £100 on it – [then] at 6/1.’

Adams added: ‘We were impressed. If we in the office were going to have a bet [on Stirling] that is who we would have had a bet on.’

Behind Fretton, in second and third place are Rogers’ two Stirling contenders – the Maggie’s Centre in west London and the Bodegas Protos winery - both at 4/1.

AHMM, whose Westminster Academy was an early frontrunner for last year’s prize, is the outsider with odds of 5/1.

William Hill’s odds in full

3/1              Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Denmark, Tony Fretton Architects

4/1              Maggie’s Centre, London, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

4/1              Bodegas Protos, Spain, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

9/2 Liverpoool One Masterplan, Liverpool, BDP

9/2              Aldermanbury Square, London, Eric Parry Architects

5/1              Kentish Town Health Centre, London, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris





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